Dean Michelle J. Anderson


Michelle J. Anderson became Dean of CUNY School of Law in 2006. Since that time, the School has earned membership in the Association of American Law Schools; continued its national, top-ten ranking for "Best Clinical Training;" earned national, top- ten ranking for "Best Law Professors;" developed the Pipeline to Justice Program to enhance student body diversity; and implemented the Incubator and LaunchPad programs through the School's Community Legal Resource Network. CUNY Law moved to 2 Court Square in Long Island City at the end of May 2012 and is now one of the greenest law schools in the country. The building is LEED Gold certified, which means that its construction had a reduced environmental impact, and its design increases occupants' health and well-being.  At CUNY, Dean Anderson teaches Criminal Law.

Dean Anderson is a leading scholar on rape law. Her articles have been published in the Boston University Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Rutgers Law Review, Southern California Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among others. Her article redefining what rape should be legally, "Negotiating Sex," was selected as the core text on rape law in Criminal Law Conversations, published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

Dean Anderson is an honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. in Community Studies in 1989 and the Chancellor's Award for outstanding academic achievement. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1994, where she was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal, Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and Research Fellow in the Program in Civil Liability. At Yale, she also received research fellowships from the Orville H. Schell Center for International Human Rights and the Ford Foundation in Public International Law.

Following law school, Dean Anderson clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge William A. Norris. She then worked at Georgetown University Law Center in the Appellate Litigation Program and the Institute for Public Representation. There she earned an LL.M. in Advocacy, representing clients pursuing a range of civil rights claims and criminal appeals.

Dean Anderson was a member of the faculty of Villanova University School of Law from 1998 to 2006. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Dean Anderson is a member of the New York City Bar Association's Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession and is the co-chair of its Subcommittee on Unmet Legal Needs. She is the former Policy Chair for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.